ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 2, 2021) — Foster care youth can check out books and access other free library resources on their own at Anaheim Public Library.
The library has a card tailored for foster youth that allows direct access to necessary educational resources without the need for a guardian.
Anaheim Public Library is the first in Orange County to remove the guardian consent requirement and offer tailored library cards to foster care youth.
Youth in foster care can face many unique challenges, from having a guardian to authorize a library card to getting to a library on their own to check out or return books and other materials.
The foster youth library card is available for those 18 and younger living in the foster care system, a group home, temporary living situation, in homelessness, or without proof of address. Youth can check out up to five items and will not accrue overdue fines.
This is one way Anaheim is providing greater access to existing library services for youth during the pandemic.
Residents can support foster youth by donating to the Friends of the Anaheim Public Library and upgrading their library card to the "We're Here For You" card design.
Proceeds from the donations are given to the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County, which serves foster care youth.
The library card design is vibrant and highlights some of the most spoken languages in Anaheim, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic.
Visit one of the branches below to upgrade your library card or tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the tailored library card for foster care youth.
Library branches that are currently open for in-person service:
Check the website for current in-person and curbside hours.